Wigtownshire Summer Activities Proved Hugely Succesful

Young people, parents and children are now enjoying a well-earned rest after participating in a fun packed programme of activities right across Wigtownshire during the school Summer Holidays.

For the first time ever the Mid Galloway Youthwork Partnership and Stranraer Youthwork Practioner’s Forum joined forces to provide a wide range of free activities in various locations across Wigtownshire. Funding kindly provided by Wigtown Area Committee and Cashback for Communities allowed all the sessions to be held for free, allowing everyone to attend.

Out and about physical activities included 5-a-side football competitions with BBQ’s and twilight basketball, more chilled out activities included pamper sessions for girls’ nights in, eat sleep read and repeat book club sessions, movie nights and workshops. In addition to lots of fun activities safer young driver sessions were fully booked in both Newton Stewart and Stranraer, and thanks to Police Scotland and other partners involved all young people on the course are now more informed and better equipped to stay safer on the region’s roads.

In the final countdown young people starting S1 at the Douglas Ewart High School had the opportunity to have lots of amusment with, sports, games and a BBQ, whilst they got to check out their new surroundings before returning for the new term.

Volfest 2015 – For the first time ever young volunteers from across Wigtownshire joined with young people from Dumfries for a three-day residential camp at Port William. Fun filled activities included team building activities, volunteer workshops, outdoor cinema, and camping proved great fun due to the kind weather. Many new friendships were made and this was definitely one of the highlights of the programme. Trips were also a main part of the programme with busloads of young people transported to Youthbeatz in Dumfries, and young parents and their children had great fun on a day out at Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory. Picnic in the Parks in Newton Stewart, Stranraer and Whithorn were also a hit, being well attended by families, teddy bears and Mickey and Minnie Mouse!

A council spokesperson said@: “Thanks are expressed to all the partners involved in the Summer Holiday programme, young people, parents and children for participating and especially all the volunteers who give their time and helped make the programme so successful - until next time.”

Councillor Tom McAughtrie, who is Chairman of the Community and Customer Services Committee said; “Our Council is fully committed to providing the best start for our children and to being a fully inclusive Council. The Wigtownshire summer activities that have been facilitated by Community Learning and Development have been very well attended and have proved a great way of entertaining and educating participants. In doing so, they help our Council deliver on our commitments. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the volunteers who help with various aspects of the programme. The Council could not provide the level of activities we do without the tireless work of volunteers, they do a splendid job.”